BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – Nurses are an important part of the health care system. They are patient advocates and experienced care providers. Often, they are a friendly face and a trusted friend.
Friends and family say that’s a good description of Teresa Andre, a longtime nurse at Baptist Health and Rehabilitation in Bismarck.
Teresa passed away recently. But there is good news: the legacy of caring for others lives on.
Jenny Tilmony recalls her mother’s collection of larger-than-life angels.
“It’s from her collection,” Tilmony said. “People gave them to her.”
It seems that his love for angels is very appropriate.
“We saw her as Mother Teresa,” said Clarissa Arlt, director of nursing at Baptist Health and Rehab.
Theresa was a longtime Baptist Health and Rehabilitation Nurse.
“Everyone she cared about was her family, and she treated them as such,” Arlt said.
“He really enjoyed his residents. Taking care of the residents was more of a privilege than a job,” said her husband, Paul Andre.
It was something she was good at. Her list of awards is proof. Among those awards are the North Dakota Long-Term Care Association’s employee of the month.
“He puts people before himself,” Arlt said.
When a colleague was sick, Teresa was the first to donate money or PTO. But when he got sick, he didn’t accept from others either.
Paul explained: “He was flattered and proud that people wanted to help them.
Instead, she asked people to pray for her and donate blood.
Teresa passed away on September 30 after a short battle with cancer. The day before her death, a blood drive in Teresa’s honor collected 30 units of blood, enough to save up to 90 people.
Also, before her death, Teresa blessed her to start the Teresa Andre Nursing Scholarship for Baptist members.
Adequate measure: a woman who loved angels continues to help others even after her life on earth has ended.
The first Teresa Andre Nursing Scholarship will be awarded this winter.
If you would like to contribute to this scholarship, checks can be made to Baptist Health and Rehabilitation. Write “scholarship” in the memo line and send to Baptist Health and Rehabilitation, 3400 Nebraska Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503.
You can also donate online Here.
Copyright 2022 KFYR. All rights reserved.